Sinn Féin leadership to meet with Taoiseach and British Prime Minister this week – Mary Lou McDonald

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD and Vice President Michelle O’Neill MLA will meet with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Simon Coveney in Dublin on Monday to discuss the DUP’s decision to collapse the talks process in the North.

Ms McDonald and Ms O’Neill will then tavel to London later in the week to meet with Theresa May.

Speaking this afternoon, Teachta McDonald said;

“The decision by the DUP to walk away from a draft deal and collapse the talks process cannot be allowed to further impede the rights of citizens and the implementation of existing agreements.

Language rights, marriage equality and access to inquests are rights available to everybody else on this island and in Britain. They are not republican issues. They are people issues. These rights are for the whole of society.

“Michelle and I will be telling the Taoiseach and the British Prime Minister it is the responsibility of the two governments to implement the agreements on legacy and an Irish Language Act and to provide for marriage equality.

“We will also make it clear to both government that a return to direct rule from London is not an option.

“Sinn Féin remains committed to working for an agreement. However, any return to talks must be progressive and ultimately they must deliver for citizens.”